Mabwi upbeat ahead of Under-23 Africa champs at Kasarani
National women’s volleyball Under 23 team coach Catherine Mabwi is confident they will prevail ahead of the African women’s Under-23 Championships starting this Sunday at Safaricom Indoor Arena, Kasarani.
With five days remaining before the event which ends on October 2, the international intimated that her charges are well sharpened for the task ahead, and ready to tackle their adversities at the Confederation during the continental showpiece.
“We have had adequate time to train for this championship. We have done much with the girls and I am positive that we will stage the best of performance,” observed Mabwi, who will be looking to guide the junior team to qualify for the World Under-23 Championships set for the cities of Ljubljana and Maribor, Slovenia from August 27September 3, 2017.
“The girls have gelled well and are now playing as one unit,” added Mabwi. “The friendly matches we had in the previous weeks have prepared the players mentally for the task ahead,” continued the head coach.
For more than a week now, 14 of the 18 players have been in residential camp and the fate of the absent two is yet to be known. Outside hitter Leah Okumu of Strathmore University and opposite attacker Maurine Wekesa (Kenyatta University), have been missing from camp due to academic commitments.
“They are still part of the team. They are good players and have done well during training hence we will have to consult with the relevant authorities before naming the final team of 14.
SETTERS: Veronica Tanui (Pipeline), Faith Imodia (St. Paul’s University). LEFT ATTACKERS: Doreen Marani (KCB), Edna Mwombe (Pipeline) Damaris Jepkorom, Maurine Okiru (Nairobi Water). MIDDLE BLOCKERS: Anne Lowem, Shyrine Jepkemboi (Prisons), Synaida Yvonne, the captain- Pauline Wafula (KCB). RIGHT ATTACKERS: Yvonne Wavinya (Prisons), Beldine Akinyi (Pipeline). LIBEROS: Celestine Nyongesa (Pipeline) and Sarah Were (unattached).